Mini Session Preview Info
This fall 2021, Scottsdale family photographer Jennifer Bowen plans to book a limited number of mini sessions. She is currently not accepting reservations for these spots and will
release any available dates in late August or Sept 2021.
These sessions book up extremely fast each fall (24-72 hours) - so Jennifer highly recommends signing up for her newsletter so that you receive word on when the dates are released. (The newsletter will most likely filter into your junk mail (or your Promotions folder in Gmail), so you can either set her as a safe sender or mark it as a favorite so it filters into your direct inbox if you know you want to book.)
Sessions are reserved first-come, first-serve, and considered "officially booked" when Jennifer receives back the agreement & deposit (see FAQ below for booking process.)
This year she may be offering two different types of Minis:
1) Lightening sessions ideal for families with teens and all adults (6 people or less) where you just want a posed portrait of your crew and know this can happen within 10 minutes. This will basically give you one pose/backdrop with about 10 photos to choose from. These sessions will happen on one date only, likely in November. (date TBD)
2) Standard 25 min Mini Sessions more ideal for toddlers and babies or families wanting a little more time. These will provide a few different backgrounds, poses and looks and a few candids from those moments in between. These sessions will be limited with certain dates in Oct & Nov. ( dates TBD)
- Frequently Asked Questions -
What can we expect from a Mini Session?
Mini sessions with Jennifer Bowen Photography are shorter portrait sessions (20-25 minutes) and are offered only in the fall on specific dates at specific times in a set location. They are ideal for:
• Smaller families (less than 6 people - larger groups click here)
• Families with young children who wont sit long
• Families with teens who will quickly get bored with photos, or a group of all adults
• Families with husbands/dads who quickly get bored with photo taking ;-)
• Maternity portraits
• Updated holiday card photos
Mini sessions are *not* ideal for shy children (of any age) who need more time to warm up, or families who just want a longer, more connected, lifestyle experience. Jennifer highly recommends booking a full lifestyle session at your home (or a pretty outdoor location) for those more candid experiences where Jennifer gets to spend more time with you all. Those sessions typically need a full hour (give or take a few).
What if I need to cancel my session?
Deposits are non-refundable because we turn away others who want that time & date, but if you need to reschedule, your deposit will be applied towards a future portrait booking if used within 3 months of cancellation. You can also apply it towards another open Mini Session date/time if available.
Your sessions are all booked, do you have a waiting list?
Yes! After the sessions are booked up, Jennifer places all booking requests onto a waiting list. There are cancellations every single year since things do pop up last minute for families, and when a spot opens up, Jennifer will email everyone on the list and the first one that grabs it, gets it! In 2020, Jennifer had over 50 people on the waiting list and 3-4 last-minute cancellations that were filled right back up.
I receive ALL the final high res images with my session right?
The cost of the Mini Session package includes five (5) high res files to keep, not all of the images from your session. However, you can opt to buy all of them if you wish. You will see that option in the agreement at the time of booking for a discounted rate, or you can decide after you see the images for the pricing below.
Four to six days after your session, you will receive your online proofs presented in a web gallery, with approx 40-50 photos. The proofs are watermarked. However, the watermark comes OFF your five (5) complimentary images once you choose and download them -- as well as any additional images that you purchase ala carte. Your gallery is basically an online store, so you can buy what you would like from there.
Additional high res files (watermark free since you are buying the copyrights to use them as you wish) are $25 each, or 5 for $100.
You can also buy the entire set of images, physical prints or wall art, coffee table albums, or mini gift albums right from your online gallery. Pricing is included for each item in the gallery.
What is the turnaround time for our proofs?
We will post the edited proof images to your online gallery within 4-6 days (depending on the production backlog) and email you when they are ready to view. You choose your 5 freebies and download them. When you open them on your computer, the watermark will be gone, and the image file will be a full size, high res JPEG. The same applies to any other images you choose to add to your shopping cart and purchase.
Physical prints (like 5x7's), take about 2-3 days to print and ship from our professional lab.
I want my images to look exactly like this beautiful family I saw
No two family sessions will ever look exactly alike, even if taken in the same location at the same time. The position of the clouds & sun, the time of year, your unique personalities & ages of children, the clothing, the foliage that time of year -- all of these things vary at every single session which produces unique images to your own unique & beautiful family! You can expect my photo editing to look like what you see on this website: clean, bright, fairly color-saturated and my black and white photos to have deep contrast and some film grain.
What should we wear?
Great question! Here are some ideas for your clothing choices based on where your session is.